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seminar: Dr Caroline Rusterholz (Cambridge): "Full marks to this sex-help clinic for the teenage lover", the Brook Advisory Centre in London (1964-1980)

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Location: R0.14 Ramphal building, University of Warwick

Presentation, discussion and refreshments. All are welcome.

ABSTRACT
This presentation takes the opening of the Brook Advisory Centres in London and Birmingham, the first centres to provide contraceptive advice to young unmarried people, as a comparative case-study to explore the relationship between sexual culture and sexual politics. This presentation assesses whether Brook centres resulted from the traditional will to monitor teenage female sexuality due to fears over young women’s increasing autonomy – Helen Brook hence positioning herself as a ‘moral entrepreneur’ – or whether they resulted from the will to value youths’ search for sexual pleasure.

1970S Brook Advisory Centre booklet cover, with photo of affectionate teenage couple

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